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Yes, they are more "anti-modern" than religious; but the root is avarice and hurt pride

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Nov 5, 2014 at 10:25

Kreshnik,

You certainly have an esoteric reading list -- either that, or (and this is very likely) I have become "esoteric" merely by advancing in years. Dugin was 9 years old when I was in my Radical heyday; and I had never heard of Evola until now.

Yes, much, probably most, of the uproar today in the Islamic world is probably a reaction to "modernism" (which is almost interchangeable with what "Western Civilization" has become); and yes, it has not "paid off" well for them. I think that looking at the current situation from this angle is far more instructive, than seeing it as an "Islamic" or "Sectarian" phenomenon.

As I said, it seems that "Western Civilization", as the world sees it (in movies, TV, the Internet, commercial products, etc.) is anything resembling Christianity and Judaism, the traditional enemies of Islam. Our Judaeo-Christian history gets dredged up in sloganeering, in words such as "Crusaders", etc.; but I think most Muslims see us in terms of our materialist trappings; and notice that we are the "haves" and they are the "have-nots". A rejection of our whole materialist, hedonistic, "modern" culture is therefore an effective emolient to salve their hurt pride and avarice.

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